Not So Famous Names


If you head due west out of Oklahoma City on I-40 you’ll come to Twitty, Texas. If you head due east on I-40 you’ll come to Conway, Arkansas.

I guess if you live in between the two cities, your name is Harold Jenkins, and you want to be a singing star you need to think up a stage name.  Let’s see…how about Arkie Texas.  Nah, that don’t sound right. Try again.

The wonderful pianist and jazz singer, Diana Krall (her real name), is married to a famous musician. His real name is Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus. Too long for a record label, so he just goes by “Elvis Costello.”

I have often wondered if Gene Simmons stuck out his tongue at his teachers…you know before he was in KISS.  I can just hear his teacher yell at him, “Chaim Weitz, put your tongue back in your mouth.”
gene_simmons

Stevland Hardaway Judkins was a musical prodigy. He signed with Motown records when he was eleven years old. Everybody thought he was wonderful and he became “Stevie Wonder.”

Farrokh Bulsara was born in Zanzibar. He played piano, sang and composed. His vocal range was an amazing FOUR octaves. Most of us love to sing along with him on all of his famous tunes. Tunes like “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Yes, he became “Freddie Mercury” with Queen.
Waynes World

When I first saw Joseph Levitch he was doing a duo thing with his partner, Mr. Dino Crocetti. They had a big fight and broke up the act. They both made it big on their own. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.MARTIN & LEWIS

 Henry Deutschendorf, Jr was one of the most popular recording artists of the ‘70s. He recorded over 300 songs and composed 200 of those. He sold 33 million records. His band was just his guitar and his voice. He had 12 Gold Albums and four Platinum Albums. His best selling songs were “Country Roads” – “Annie’s Song,” – “Rocky Mountain High” – “Sunshine On My Shoulders.” I know you know.

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2 Responses to Not So Famous Names

  1. Terry Redman says:

    What a fun post. John Denver is one of my favorite musicians and I never even thought about his real name. A real bonus to following these blogs is that I pick up interesting kernels of information I never knew about–expands my mind I hope. Music is not my gift but I can play a DVD in the computer just fine. My daughter has a degree in vocal performance and music is her passion. She got none of her talent from me or my side of the family. Linda’s side has some musicians, good ones. thanks for the post.

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